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Iowa Republican on Trump claim: If windmill noise caused cancer I'd have 'church bell cancer'

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstWe know how Republicans will vote — but what do they believe? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - Senate trial will have drama, but no surprise ending Overnight Defense: Pentagon says extremist groups 'very aggressively recruit' troops | Capitol Guard deployment estimated at 3M | No US combat deaths in Afghanistan for a year | VA secretary confirmed MORE (R-Iowa) responded to President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE's claim that noise from windmills can cause cancer by saying that if it were true, "I'd have church bell cancer."

"I have church bells that ring across from my office here in D.C.  I know that noise doesn't give me cancer, otherwise I'm sure I'd have church bell cancer," she said, according to a Des Moines NBC affiliate

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"I would say it's ridiculous," she said of the president's comment. She added that the state is lucky to have its wind industry. 

Her fellow Iowa senator, Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley says he'll decide this fall whether to run in 2022 Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Durbin: Garland likely to get confirmation vote next week MORE (R), a day prior called the comment "idiotic." 

Trump on Tuesday denounced the alternative fuel source during a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising dinner. He claimed that noise from wind turbines causes cancer, but did not offer information to support his statement.

“If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value. And they say the noise causes cancer,” he said. 

Trump's remarks have been met with criticism by lawmakers across the ideological spectrum.